More safety features included in Segway Powersport's 2021 ATV range

By: Anthony Wingard

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Segway Powersport’s foray into the Australian all-terrain vehicle (ATV) market has been strengthened through additional safety features across their 2021 range.

With many facturers pulling out of the Australian ATV market, Segway is looking to take advantage with new models

Both the AT6-S and AT6-L Segway models will include additional safety measures and technologies in order to meet and exceed the Australian government standards for ATVs in the country.

Among the new additions to all of Segway’s Powersports models in Australia is the Telematics Box (T-Box) – a connection terminal that delivers a number of online applications for the operator. Among its functions is increased mobile phone integration, SOS alerts, vehicle remote monitoring and Bluetooth.

The T-Box allows for operators to add an emergency contact person who will automatically send an SMS with the precise location of the vehicle and operator in the event of a serious roll or collision.

Real-time data can also be accessed through Segway’s Smart Commanding System (SCS), which provides industry-leading interaction and safety to best operate the ATVs.

The addition of the T-Box, along with other required safety measures follows extensive efforts to improve safety on quad bikes in line with new regulations that will be enacted in mid-October this year.

The law, the Consumer Goods (Quad Bikes) Safety Standard 2019, will make it mandatory for all ATVs to be fitted with rollover protection given the risks associated with rolling quad bikes and crushing riders underneath the vehicle.

The new safety standards were agreed upon by both the federal government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) following nine quad bike related deaths in the first half of the 2020 calendar year alone.

However, disapproval from a number of ATV manufactures has meant many have, or will, pull out of the Australian market. Honda, Polaris and Yamaha have all confirmed they will withdraw from ATV sales when the regulations go into effect on October 11 this year.

Segway's ATV range already feature necessary anti-roll protection that will be required by law from October this year

Segway however, will instead look to maximise their footprint in the Australian ATV market with all 2021 models already featuring the necessary anti-roll protection, as well as the T-Box, which can be accessed via an app on Apple and Android devices.

Urban Moto Imports Chief Executive, Joseph Elasmar, who were announced as an official distributor of Segway Powersports in Australia earlier this year, says the increased safety of the AT6-S and AT6-L will help Australian ATV operators as the enter the new safety era.

"We are excited by this opportunity and pleased to be offering our customers in the region a brand which is not only innovative in its approach, but also using technology to increase safety, security and a satisfying experience for the end-user in this segment," Elasmar says.

"We look forward to a long relationship with Segway Powersports and we are committed to supporting our customers and dealership network during this exciting growth phase and beyond. Media events, field days, shows and customer experience days are currently being planned and scheduled for 2021."

T-Box technology is available across all Segway Powersports vehicles including their ‘Snarler’ ATV brands throughout Australia.

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